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She Said: “If I Could Turn Back Time”

November 16, 2010 by  

How many of you Tweet? You know, like on Twitter? Laugh as you may… I know most of you think I’m a total loser for being on Twitter (my IRL friends, anyway). IRL? What the hell does that mean? “In Real Life”, get it? I know my blogging buds can relate to this gap in understanding. Geez.

Anyway, if you don’t really know what Twitter is, you likely will not know what a hashtag is on Twitter. It’s something that is a topic… such as #raleigh, or #royalwedding, or #coupondeals. Get it? Well there was one going around on Twitter called: #tweetyour16yearoldself. One of my most admired bloggers and IRL friend (thanks to a handful of blogging conventions), Jill Smokler gave me the idea to write a post about it. Here goes:

What I would tell my 16 year old self:

**I’m not gonna lie… I’m glad my mom won’t be reading this (kisses up to you in Heaven, Nan!), and also not disappointed that the timing is such that my Dad is not in the U.S. at the moment...

  • Hooking up is gross, and scary. It’s not what you imagined it would be. It’s something that should be reserved for college, or a boyfriend of more than 6 months.
  • In high school, continue to make it a priority to say “hi” to the kids who otherwise may get ignored, sitting in the back of the class with their head down. They will remember you, and tell you on Facebook 17 years later, how they’ll never forget how you were always nice to them, even when no one else was… It will make you realize you really were a good person. It will change you as a mother, and as an adult, to hear that 17 years later.

  • Do not get 13 perms in a 5 year time span.

  • No, it’s not cool to SEAR YOUR FACE LIKE A HOT IRON just to speed up a tan. You will wind up with blisters, puddled underneath with fluid, busting all over your non-sunscreened face. You’ll regret it in your 30s.

  • Stop being intimidated by the waitresses when you’re the dishwasher, or the food runner, or the bread server. Although they may act as though that is “their domain” — and seemingly piss all over you, they’re just pissed because they see your motivation and eagerness and are you’ll take their job (or that their waitER crushes will go for you). I promise you’ll laugh when you look back, after you went to college/studied abroad, that they’re still waitressing at the same restaurant, 10 years later.

  • Even if your friend thinks it’s funny to (prank) call someone she doesn’t like WHILE the teenager SHE doesn’t like is babysitting… and whisper into the phone, “Check the Children… Check the Children… Check the Children” — IT IS NOT FUNNY. You’ll regret it, and it will haunt you, for the rest of your life. Especially when you watch the cops pass by the house you phoned from, speeding to the house where he teenager SHE doesn’t like is babysitting. SO. NOT. FUNNY.

  • Don’t make up excuses, or fabrications, about ANYTHING. Just say, “I’m sorry, I can’t go”. Period. (Still working on this one…).

  • It is NOT alright for a guy to tell his friends about your hook up story. It’s not alright for him to let his friends chant embarrassing things about your hook up, as you walk down the hall the next day. It is NOT alright to forgive him the next year, and go back out with him. That is S T U P I D. He’ll realize how wrong that was when he has children of his own, I’m sure. But you are worth 1 million times more than that. When you’re in your 30s, it’s okay to forgive him. But only then.

  • Even though you know your mom won’t let you go WHERE YOU ARE REALLY GOING, tell her the truth. She really does know what is best. Likely, where you’re going, without parents present, is not a good choice: in fact, it’s one of the worst. (And, MAAYYYBBEEE, just MMMAAAAYYYBBBBEEEE the above bullet wouldn’t have taken place if you would have told the truth about where you were going!!!!)

  • Don’t use moustache bleach to highlight your hair.

  • Don’t use moustach bleach to bleach your moustache. It’s called: Get the damn thing
    w a x e d!

  • DO NOT ditch your friends, on ANY level, for a guy. He’ll love you and leave you. It’s your girlfriends, at that age, ARE YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. Obviously, after your parents, siblings, and God (learned that one too late, as well).

  • Just ask your mom to buy you new tampons. Stop stuffing your underwear with toilet paper because you’re embarrassed to ask.

  • Don’t question having friends in different groups. It is one of the best things you can ever do — continue to maintain friendships with as many pockets of friends as possible: nerdy, popular, sporty, thespians, partiers, dirt bags…. even if the cool kids aren’t doing it.

  • DO NOT POP that pimple until it is as ripe as can be.

  • Do not leave a sleepover and wonder what it would really be like to be part of that family, instead of yours. They likely are thinking the same thing. Be grateful for what you got. Plus, you can change anything at that point, anyway!

  • When considering what haircut to get… just grow the damn thing out, all to one length, and leave it nice and long and straight. It’ll be the most attractive hair in the school.

  • Be part of a Youth Group through your church or synagogue. You would have made so many less mistakes, been around more stronger influencers, and not had to finally build your relationship with God in your 30s, when you have children. Surround yourself with people who instead of looking to their peers for answers to tough questions instead look to their parents, to God, and to the Bible for answers. Your friends and peers hold a precious place in their hearts, yes. But they do NOT have the answers, or guidance, you’re looking for.

  • That guy you had a crush on? Who probably never would have considered you because you were “perceived as” a goody-two-shoes (clearly he didn’t get the memo(s) about all of the above)? You know, him? Wait until you see him on Facebook 17 years later. He’s huge, bald (nothing against male baldness, honey), and he’ll actually be scratching his head wondering why he didn’t give you a chance. Suckah. I promise. It seems unlikely now, but I’m telling you, he is SO not worth it. Live in the moment with your girlfriends, instead of wasting time daydreaming about this stupid guy.

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5 Responses to “She Said: “If I Could Turn Back Time””
  1. SexIsCool says:

    If you think “hooking up” is gross, you’re doing it wrong.


    Kat Reply:

    Yes, I think “hooking up” is gross… for a 16 year old. End. Of. Story.


  2. Gayle Trini says:

    I think hooking up is gross too especially when I first did it :s
    This was a great post. Such great great points that if we could turn back time for true.
    saying hello via Humpries Nation
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  3. Hindsight is so much clearer!
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